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ISIS Declares a Caliphate in Iraq and Syria


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Desperate Iraqis at a displacement camp for those caught-up in fighting near Mosul wait for food and other items on June 30, 2014 in Khazair, Iraq.
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Desperate Iraqis at a displacement camp for those caught-up in fighting near Mosul wait for food and other items on June 30, 2014 in Khazair, Iraq.

The Islamist militant group ISIS declared Sunday that it is establishing a caliphate, or Islamic state, within the territories it controls in Iraq and Syria. The word is evocative of the rise of Islam during the Middle Ages when the Prophet Muhammad's followers conquered large swathes of territory. We'll discuss ISIS's latest move and how it might impact the region.

Host: Michael Krasny

Guests:

  • Aaron Zelin, Richard Borow fellow at the Washington Institute
  • Richard Barrett, former director of global counterterrorism operation for Britain's MI6

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